Thanks for advice. However, I don't know what files I will want until I want them hence I wondered if I can just hook up tower to my laptop when necessary.
Connect the two as part of a HOMEGROUP (assuming you are using Windows 7 on both).. easy to transfer files when you wish...
If you are thinking of getting rid of the tower... dont forget laptops do NOT play games well (if at all depending on which laptop)
All the best Brett